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Better than fiction: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: the Tomi Ungerer story is a documentary about French illustrator Image result for Far Out Isn't Far Enough and writer Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer. He emigrated from France to the United States in his twenties, and experienced the Golden age of advertising illustrations in NYC. He then stepped into children’s book industry, later flourished in creating political posters. It provides an overview of his creative career is visually and intellectually stimulating. Ungerer’s personal experience put the audience in perspective of his work. For instance, Ungere’s children’s books often have elements of fear, this is due to his childhood experience. This film is true to the artist’s creative process, which is influenced very much by what’s around him. It is amazing to see his journey pursuing what he is interested in, and at the same time, pushing the public’s boundary on the image of a children’s book author–Ungerer was in the middle of the controversy when he did erotic illustrations while famously known as a children’s book author, his books were banned from public libraries at one point.

Ungerer seems very spirited even in his old age, passionate about life and art. The documentary highlights his playful personality. He is an important figure in the world of art and he inspired many artists, including the creator of Where the Wild Things are.

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Books by Tomi Ungerer:

The Three Robbers

Fog Island

Oto (in Hebrew)

Crictor (in Italian)

 

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Better than fiction: Defiant Requiem

Better than fiction: Defiant Requiem

Following the narratives of survivors, Defiant Requiem tells the unbelievable story ofDefiant Requiem Rafael Schachter, a Czech conductor who sparks hope and spirit among his fellow prisoners, in the darkest time at the Terezin concentration camp. This documentary is nicely done: the mournful music really enhanced the survivor’s account of their history with the Holocaust and with their source of hope–Schachter. It was Schachter’s endless pursuit of music that made labor and torture more bearable; it was through music, that the prisons were able to express something they did not dare to say to the Nazis. It is a remarkable film to watch; it is painfully beautify.

Related: art produced during the holocaust

Terezín : voices from the Holocaust

My secret camera : life in the Lodz ghetto

Art from the ashes : a Holocaust anthology

 

A History of Horror: my to-watch list just got a whole lot longer

If you’re looking for your next horror movie fix, this fabulously well-edited video is a great way to start. Diego Carrera took short, recognizable clips from one horror movie for each from 1895 to 2016, demonstrating the evolution of the genre throughout the history of film. It is well worth the roughly 10-minute watch (click the image to go to Vimeo).

Untitled A History of Horror from Diego Carrera.

Although Carrera’s editing ad soundtrack has definitely contributed the overall creep factor of these clips, I was genuinely surprised at how intriguingly terrifying some of the earlier clips were – and I came away from the video with a bunch of new titles for my “to-watch” list. Lucky for me, some of them are even available at VPL! Here’s a few of the ones at the top of my list:

caligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

A classic of the genre, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari includes well-trod themes oh sleepwalking, hypnotism, and a good old mad scientist/evil eccentric rich man-type villain. The movie is best known for its striking visual style, however, and its very much the kind of movie that can be watched purely for the aesthetic experience.

thingThe Thing From Another World

This 1951 film is based on the same novella that inspired John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing (which also got a prequel in 2011, though I’ve never seen it and can’t say whether it was any good).

 

carnivalCarnival of Souls

I honestly know nothing about this movie, but the clip Carrera pulled for this one (you can find it around the 5:50 mark) was irresistible to me.

 

abbottAbbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein

As a huge lover of horror comedy, it seems a bit of an oversight that I’ve never seen and of Abbott and Costello’s classic horror parodies, which are certainly among the earliest examples of the sub-genre.

 

Of course there are many, many more fabulous movies featured in this video – I’ve seen a lot of them (most of my all-time favourites are here, actually!), which is why they didn’t make my list here. What do you think of Carrera’s selections? Are there any movies you’ve been inspired to seek out from this video?